The USIU-Africa Library and Information Center won the Knowledge Ambassadors Best User Institution Award during the 5th Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors Workshop and Competition held at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology.

USIU-Africa, which was also awarded a cash prize of R2000 and certificates for all the participants, recorded the highest usage statistics in the country despite its relatively smaller size. The competition, which was sponsored by Emerald Publishers, brought together over 100 students from nineteen universities across the country. The workshop themed, “Ethics in Education”, sought to curb plagiarism as well as promote the use of electronic resources in research.

USIU-Africa students already held a trophy for the Best Presentation which was awarded to them at the 4th Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors Workshop in 2016, where they were lauded for their innovativeness and creativity in promoting the use of electronic resources.

The USIU-Africa Library & Information Center subscribes to electronic databases through the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC) which currently has over 100 member institutions. Emerald is one of the electronic databases that is highly used by the USIU-Africa community. Indeed, for the last five years, the university has been on the list of top five of institutions with the highest usage of Emerald electronic resources.

The publisher has for the last five years held an annual workshop and competition bringing together university students who showcase how they use electronic resources and the impact it has on their studies.

Speaking during the workshop, Emerald Publishing Business Manager, Soji Koledade, said Emerald recognizes that associations, universities and organizations strive to highlight quality and breadth of research undertaken in the society. He urged the universities through the libraries to create awareness of the use of e-resources and also improve libraries’ responsiveness to researchers’ information needs.

With 50 years' experience, Emerald manages a portfolio of over 300 journals, well over 2500 book titles, and over 1500 case studies. The competition coincided with their golden anniversary, in supporting education and research worldwide.